Talented X-Men artist Russell Dauterman has released his costume designs and final looks for 11 of the fabulous guests at the 2022 Hellfire gala.
Somehow fashion coming in 2022 Hellfire Galahosted by the x-men on Krakoa, is even more impressive than the looks served at last year’s event, with Marvel Comics artist Russell Dauterman revealing his gorgeous behind-the-scenes designs for 11 iconic mutant outfits. Luckily, this year the rest of the Marvel community gets the mission, and it’s not just the mutants who will show up and show off their fashionable looks.
Last year’s inaugural Hellfire Gala was a massive event that reshaped the future of the X-Men and the entire Marvel Universe, when Krakoa revealed the terraforming and creation of Arakko at the end of the night. This year somehow promises even more excitement and danger, with the threat of Judgment Day that threaten mutants, but it’s clear that they’ll put on a great show regardless of the Eternals’ judgment. Fashion and sex appeal have always been an integral part of the x-men franchise, but this year characters like Miles Morales, She-Hulk, Black Widow, and even Doctor Doom are really stepping up their game and providing fierce competition for well-dressed mutants.
X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1 – written by Gerry Duggan (X-Men, marauders) with works by Kris Anka, CF Villa, Matteo Lolli and Russell Dauterman – will be a “night of gripping drama, high-stakes action and uncovered secrets“, as the new X-Men team roster is announced, including the winner of the readers’ fan vote. Russell Dauterman, the artist who designed many of the fan-favorite Gala looks from last year , returns this year to design 11 new looks for Krakoa’s “green carpet,” with Marvel sharing the original design pages and Dauterman’s final looks.Those designs won’t just appear on the pages of the Hellfire Gala event but will also be on various variant covers throughout June. Marvel had this to say about the exciting 2nd Annual Hellfire Gala and Dauterman Creations:
At last year’s Hellfire Gala, fans were mesmerized by jaw-dropping fashion moments, from the dazzling trio of Dauterman-designed pieces by Emma Frost to the unforgettable look of Colossus by artist Lucas Werneck. This year will be no different – except this time around mutants won’t be the only ones making fashion statements! The Hellfire Gala will be an evening full of repercussions for the entire Marvel Universe, and heroes from all corners will be in attendance.
Russell Dauterman himself goes on to say:
“I’m so excited to do all this design work!” Dauterman said. “My overall opinion with Gala designs is that they should be high fashion superhero costumes – looks that reflect the characters’ personalities and could work on a runway or a battlefield.”
It couldn’t be clearer that Dauterman’s final designs lived up to his desired goals. In particular, Dauterman revealed that his design for Wolverine was based on a “pop-punk vibe” and inspired by “Rina Sawayama, Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne, mixed with Frank Quitely’s very cool New X-Men aesthetic.“For Doctor Doom, Dauterman said:”Doom is usually quite over the top, so I chose fashion elements to accentuate that – going for a baroque and regal look.“Russell’s outfit for the She-Hulk design is a glorious decrease in contrasting looks, with Jen sporting a”Chanel inspired logo symboland Dauterman showing off his muscles. There isn’t a single design, or detail, that doesn’t seem intentional in all 11 outfits.
If Krakoa is not completely destroyed due to Judgment Day in the next few months, it’s hard to imagine anyone can top Dauterman’s outfit designs for the 2023 Hellfire Gala, because this year’s designs are so stunning and impressive! It’s great that characters outside of the X-Men show up at the Gala with gorgeous fashion looks, and it’ll be interesting to see if we find out who in the comics created these characters’ outfits (Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, is a renowned fashion designer!). Be sure to check out all the Russell Dauterman 2022 Hellfire Gala outfit designs for the x-men and beyond, and look for the beautiful looks scattered throughout the event in June.
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